Rotary Camps & Service is the landholding entity of the Rotary Club of Traverse City. It owns over 1,750 acres of land in Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties, including a former Boy Scout Camp and significant waterfront on Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan. We are currently recruiting a VISTA volunteer for 2018-2019.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that work to improve our community and our country. The most pressing challenges we face as a nation require the most courageous and creative people to address them. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.
The goal of this project is to increase the capacity and sustainability for two main initiatives—Greilick Outdoor Recreation & Education Center and the Discovery Center & Pier. The volunteer activities will build audiences and visitors of all ages, abilities, and needs, especially those living in poverty. VISTA volunteers do not to be recent college graduates; anyone can find a rewarding volunteer opportunity through VISTA
The centerpiece project will be to research and design programming for at-risk youth. Beyond the actual substantive learning that occurs in outdoor education programs, they build independence, resilience, confidence, an teach goal-setting, creative problem solving, social skills & teamwork, follow through, life-long learning, responsible risk-taking and many other life-skills that help develop a fully actualized adult that can succeed in both the workplace and in the community. Both projects are in an emerging and start-up stage of their life cycle, and need considerable support to build capacity in program development, marketing, database development, volunteer recruitment and retention, fundraising procedures, as well as fundamental policies and practices. The VISTA will help research and design a program with a special focus on at-risk youth.
VISTA Service Description
Benefits Offered to a VISTA
- Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend
- Childcare Assistance, if eligible
- Relocation Allowance
- Health Coverage
- Living Allowance
For a complete description of VISTA benefits click here.